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Massive Coral Bleaching

"Massive Coral Bleaching Event is Sweeping Across the World's Oceans"

"So, coral bleaching acts as a visual indicator of ocean warming. When corals are stressed by temperature changes, as well as changes in amount of light or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae that live in their tissues, which causes them to turn completely white or pale. Without the algae in their tissues, coral loses its major source of food and is more susceptible to disease. Coral can bounce back from small amounts of bleaching, but long-term bleaching is often deadly."

New study finds that sunscreen can also be contributing to coral bleaching!

Wear sunscreen that has titanium oxide or zinc oxide which are natural mineral ingredients.

Keeping your old cell phone is horrible for the environment! (But so is getting a new one every 1-2 years!)

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/BEN CURTIS

The constant cycle of phone upgrades — in which consumers buy phones once a new model comes out every two or so years — is having serious effects on the environment, according to a new study.

The study, published this week in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, reviewed scientific literature on how the manufacture, use, and disposal of smartphones impact the environment. It found that many phone companies don’t have incentives in place for consumers to return their old phones for recycling purposes, and that when phones are discarded or simply kept by their owners instead of being recycled, the metals that go into cell phone manufacture — including gold, copper, and zinc — also remain unused. . . . .

Read the rest of the article by Katie Valentine here!